Mob Justice On The Rise


By Ayodele Deen Cole


The Head of Operations at the Sierra Leone Police (SLP), AIG Elizabeth Turay has disclosed that Mob Justice is on the rise across the country.

Members of the public have perceived this trend as being politically orchestrated while some attribute it to the lack of trust in the judiciary and the Sierra Leone Police.

Speaking at a press briefing held at the Police Headquaters on George Street, Freetown, the Head of Operations at the SLP, AIG Elizabeth Turay disclosed that in the past couple of days the SLP has reportedly recorded up to five cases of unknown murder incidences perceived to be out of mob justice, two of which reportedly took place at Murray town and Spur Loop communities and another by the Annie Walsh Memorial School in the east of the capital, while two other cases were reported in other parts of the country.

The issue of mob justice, AIG Turay said, is becoming a serious concern for the SLP as it leads to serious violations of human rights in which innocent and unsuspecting people are being targeted. This, she said, is a human right violation and against the laws of this county.

According to the Local Unit Commander, Eastern Police Station, Chief Superintendent of Police Mira Koroma, an unknown corpse believed to have been beaten to death was found around the Annie Walsh School area but that no suspect has been arrested. According to her, most of the reports from the crime scenes suggest that the deceased were mobbed to death.